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Yamaha P-85 Acoustic-Like Touch Response AWM Stereo Sampled Tabletop Piano

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  • Extensive Voice Selection and Dual Voice Function - The versatile P-85 also gives you a variety of other high-quality instrument Voices, including electric pianos, organs, strings and harpsichord plus a Dual Voice feature for playing two Voices at once.
  • Record Your Performance - You can capture your own playing with the song recording feature, then play it back for studying or accompaniment. There's even a built-in metronome for practicing and recording in perfect time.
  • Expressive Half-pedal Control - Features a half-pedal effect that gives you greater acoustic-like expressive control over the sound (with optional FC3 Foot Controller or LP-5 Pedal Unit).
  • Matching Stand (optional) - The optional L-85 & L-85S stands provide stability and optimum sound projection for the instrument -- as well as a stylish appearance with matching finish.
  • Three-pedal Pedal Unit (optional) - The optional LP-5 Pedal Unit gives you three pedals for the same kind of comprehensive sustain, sostenuto and soft control found on grand pianos

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 inches ; 25.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 37 pounds
  • ASIN: B001AI8BJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,362 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 1, 2004

Product Description

Some electronic music keyboards may sound like pianos. Appreciate the feel of a real piano and the sounds you expect in room-filling stereo. The Yamaha P-85 Acoustic-Like Touch Response AWM Stereo Sampled Tabletop Piano is here and is ready to be played by you.
Space. Who says you have no space for an 88-keyboard piano? This new Contemporary Piano gives you all the dynamic, high-quality sound and natural piano response you expect from Yamaha, along with a high-quality built-in speaker system packed into a slim, exceptionally affordable digital piano you can play virtually anywhere. No compromises, full quality. A full piano is yours to learn and play. It's the Yamaha P-85.
Exceptionally High-quality Sound - The gorgeous piano sounds of the P-85 feature meticulous digital sampling of a full concert grand piano that change in tone and volume depending on how you play thanks to Yamaha's sophisticated AWM Stereo Sampling. Enjoy authentic, naturally expressive key touch modeled after an actual acoustic piano, from the low notes to the high with the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard. Authentic, natural sound with remarkable expressiveness full Yamaha quality in a compact, affordable piano.
The attractive, slim, lightweight design of the instrument less than 25 lbs suits virtually any room decor, while the built-in speaker system fills your room with luscious sound. MIDI in/out Headphone jack AWM sampling with 64 note polyphony 10 selectable voices and 4 effects Unit Dimensions (W x D x H) 52-3/16'' x 11-5/8'' x 5-15/16'' / Weight 25 lbs., 9 oz. Matching Stand (optional) - The optional L-85 stand provides stability and optimum sound projection for the instrument -- as well as a stylish appearance with matching finish. AC powered

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It has a full 88 keys and has weighted touch like a real piano.
GSeltzer
Recommendation: This is great digital piano for those who are simply looking for good piano sounds in a lightweight case.
Robert Ruddy
I always try to keep it simple as far as all the things I love about this keyboard but the list just goes on and on.
jim cahn

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295 of 301 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cormier on July 12, 2008
When a master controller keyboard started to go flaky on me, I started looking for a replacement, and since I didn't REALLY need anything but a basic piano at this point (already having other keyboards that can serve this purpose), the focus was going to be on having 88 weighted keys, but being lightweight and portable. In the start of the 90s, stage pianos that remotely sounded like the real thing were becoming affordable, though hideously bulky and heavy. Let's just say they wouldn't fit in my car so easily, which leaves you reliant on the rest of the band for your transportation. End of the 90s, Korg was selling their 88 key Trinity keyboards, one of which I had the pleasure to lug around in my car for 10 years (it just barely fit!) but ultimately wore out because I couldn't get a case or even bag for it - it was just too big. It still works but gets unpredictable when I move it, so I had to make the call, and buy a replacement.

I checked out some of the lower end piano models, Korg's P250, Roland RD700s, and Yamaha's P85 not only sounded much better, but was jaw-droppingly cheap. I find Roland's sound sweet but a bit muddy or saturated, the action was not bad. Korg's P250 sounds nice but I find their samples are compressed too much and the decay sounds unnaturally fast. Yamaha hit the sweet spot with their piano samples, granted there's only two sets of samples for piano, but they both sound absolutely brilliant (especially considering the cost of the keyboard). The expressiveness you get out of this instrument is amazing - very careful attention to detail. (Compared to the 'honking' piano on the Korg Triton.) The key action is a bit heavier, I can see that I'll be doing scales for a month before I have the strength to really play that thing.
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Tritone on December 9, 2008
Pros:
1) Sounds like a Yamaha Grand Piano.
2) Touch/feels like a Yamaha Grand Piano
3) Considering the sound and the touch - the price is unbelievable.

Cons:
1) It has 2 built-in speakers which leave a LOT to be desired. The guy at the music store handed me a pair of Yamaha headphones - the difference in the sound quality was incredible.

2) He also recommended a Z stand for it which sells for 49 bucks. It is more stable that the standard X stand.

3) It comes with a really cheap sustain pedal. Amazon is showing a good option in the "Customers who bought this item also bought" M-Audio SP-2 US65010 $25 pedal.

4) And finally, I'm with the reviewer that said, "Where are my stage outs?" - especially when you consider the quality of the onboard speakers.

I gave it 5 stars anyway, between the 2 of us it should get 4 1/2 stars.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Martin Doege on March 21, 2009
The Yamaha P-85 is well-designed digital piano with the full 88 keys at a price point that is hard to beat. 10 different voices are included, which can also be layered in many different ways (e.g., octave-shifted). The grand piano voices and the first electric organ are in stereo (and there are two stereo headphone jacks at the front of the device) and sound absolutely amazing. Multisampling is used, and the samples are blended expertly, so there isn't that jarring effect where suddenly a completely different sample is played when you hit a key a little harder, as I noticed on the Casio PX-320. Polyphony on the P-85 is sufficient that dropped notes should not be noticeable. Reverb can be added to the voices to simulate small rooms (or concert halls), and there is a built-in very basic MIDI recorder.

The P-85 looks very stylish and has a solid, well-made overall feel to it. Although the keys are weighted, the instrument is remarkably slim and lightweight. In fact, the instrument looks serious enough (in the black version) that many of the higher-priced Yamahas and Casios seem pretty toy-like next to it, with their little LCD screens and all.

I think the included sustain pedal is mainly a friendly gesture by Yamaha towards parents: You don't want a Christmas morning to go sour because Santa forgot to buy a pedal! In this regard Yamaha is much smarter than Casio, where some digital keyboards don't even include a power adaptor. Third party gear such as the M-Audio SP-2 Pedal goes very well with the Yamaha.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Chan on March 1, 2010
I purchased the P85 to learn the piano after stopping for 15 years. I picked the P85 because it was affordable, it would fit in an apartment with limited space, and it was the best sounding digital piano for the price. I've had the chance to try this piano against an upright acoustic and a grand piano, and while there are differences, it isn't difficult to transfer skills between them.

[+] good [-] bad [*] different than acoustic piano

THE SOUND
[+] Piano voices sound realistic. Each note is beautifully distinctive, and never goes out of tune
[+] Better with headphones. The richness of the notes is even better when listening through a good set of headphones
[-] Other voices are worthless. The recordings for the other instrument choices sound toy-like compared to the high quality of the piano recordings. It feels like you are playing with MIDIs when you use the other voices.
[-] Speakers lack power. The speakers are not good enough to reproduce the sounds of the original recordings.
[*] Max volume is softer than an acoustic piano. It is easy to get into the habit of hammering the P85 keys because the digital records will still sound good, and it never gets too loud. But when switching to an acoustic, the same banging will sound ugly.
[*] The sustain is shorter when holding the pedal. Since the digital notes don't interact with each other, you can continuously hold the pedal, and each new note you play can still be heard clearly. For acoustic pianos, the sustain is longer and the new notes jumble together with the previous notes creating a muddled wall of noise.
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